Abstract Art Painting - Fluid Acrylic Pours

I was looking through the internet as you do, looking for new ideas for an abstract art project and came up with a technique that interested me, I actually found it on Hubpages.

take one canvas 700mm x 1000mm, 100ml of yellow acrylic paint, 50ml of red and 50ml of orange paint. dilute each colour with water to a 50/50 mix. make a frame around the canvas using some waterproof tape to make a tray rim of about 5mm deep, place the canvas on a table that is perfectly flat, poor the yellow paint onto the canvas and flood the whole panel all over with the yellow, then poor on some orange and then lift one side of the canvas a little, the paint will now move across the canvas, then add the red and lift each corner of the canvas at a time to help create a pattern, add more paint and continue until you like the effect. allow to dry over two days. Remove the tape around the edge of the canvas and hopefully the result will look pleasing. If the effect does not work you can always paint over the picture and start again.

Blue on Yellow Makes Green - August 2013

600mm x 600mm acrylic paint on canvas
600mm x 600mm acrylic paint on canvas
Abstract art painting, swirled effect. June 2012. 700mm x 1000mm. Acrylic paint on canvas. Yellow, orange and red.
Abstract art painting, swirled effect. June 2012. 700mm x 1000mm. Acrylic paint on canvas. Yellow, orange and red.

Art Notes

23rd June 2012. I had a problem trying to get the digital camera to pick up the actual colours of the picture. When I edited the image on the computer using a program called Corel Photo-Paint12 I came up with some interesting image effects by playing with the colour adjustments which I may come back to in the future.

Purple on Orange. December 2012

Purple on Orange December 2012. 32" x 24". Acrylic paint onto canvas. 1 litre of paint used.
Purple on Orange December 2012. 32" x 24". Acrylic paint onto canvas. 1 litre of paint used.

Art Notes. Purple on Orange

Art notes. Purple on Orange 19th December 2012. The colour is actually orange but my stupid camera refuses to pic the colour out properly, tried editing the colours in Corel photo paint with no success. I shall have to buy a proper camera that catches the colours as they are in the real world, I find purples tend to come out as blue as well and gold comes out as a dull yellow.

Orange on Yellow April 30th 2013

Orange on Yellow April 30th 2013. Time taken about one hour. Size of canvas 16" x 16".
Orange on Yellow April 30th 2013. Time taken about one hour. Size of canvas 16" x 16".

Art Notes May 3rd 2013.

The video below was found on Youtube, what an amazing picture using a similar method but with many layers of colour, I think i might have a go with move layers of colour but first I shall have to purchase some syringes to allow me to apply paint with more control and precision.

Fluid Acrylic Pours

Fluid Acrylic Painting Technique

Cosmos Blue and silver on green

Painted 17th October 2013. A lunch time projects.
Painted 17th October 2013. A lunch time projects.

A practical use for abstract art.

Cosmos and silver on green notes October 17th 2013

Acrylic painted mixed 50/50 with water. Painted surface first with a solid colour of cactus green using a wide 4" brush. Poured on the a diluted green and covered canvas panel, then poured on a cosmos blue diluted mix followed by a mix of silver paint. The silver paint was heavier than the other colours and sank below them, I lifted one end and drained off as much excess as possible. I left the panel in the autumn sun to dry off in half an hour. The canvas panel was then used in a YouTube product video selling a product of ours.

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carlarmes 3 years ago from Bournemouth, England Author

Any comments would be nice, positive, negative or neutral.


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carlarmes 3 years ago from Bournemouth, England Author

I shall have to comment on my own Hub then, I went to Tate modern in October, what a let down, 70% of the art is vacant, no depth, self obsessed modern art made for the intelligent stupid.


shirley-m 2 years ago

Hi Carl, I was also trawling looking for inspiration and have to say I am amazed at your poured canvases, just what I would love to be able to do but seem to be a total failure! I live close to your area and wonder if you give lessons locally. Your selection of colours is also impressive so don't feel bad at getting no comments so far, little me here appreciates your work. Good luck


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CherylsArt 2 years ago from West Virginia

This looks like a fun technique.


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DarrylGreenFineAr 2 years ago from Phoenix AZ

I like the colors that you used here. I especially liked the purple and orange. I may try to do that too. I pour paint sometimes in my abstract paintings. See here http://darrylgreenfineart.com


Pamelak 23 months ago

Thanks Carl, I look forward to trying this technique. Sorry you had to wait so long for comments but don't give up Looks like you do nice work


SamanthaM 17 months ago

Nice work! I was wondering - do you only use water to dilute your acrylic or do you use a pouring medium?


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carlarmes 15 months ago from Bournemouth, England Author

So far I have only used water as a way of diluting the acrylics. I work in the sign and display industry making large 3D letters and Logos for displays and have many Litres of spare acrylic paint in various colours at my disposal to use to make abstract art paintings during my lunch time breaks.

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